Western Movies

craner

Beast of Burden
I did this list a few years ago in which I made the claim that Duck, You Sucker! was the best Leone:

 

padraig (u.s.)

a monkey that will go ape
That definitely reworks some of the tropes and makes them speak to the contemporary moment.
yeah a ton of cinema - heist films, for example - does that indirectly, but you'd probably call that movie directly a modern Western

McCarthy is primarily a Western author, actually - that, the Border Trilogy, Blood Meridian

actually among other things it may be, Blood Meridian has a solid case as the ultimate revisionist Western

I'd love to see a well-done filmed version of it but it is almost definitely an impossible book to film, let alone well
 

craner

Beast of Burden
I would probably agree with that claim
I notice that more and more people are starting to, particularly since the recent, gorgeous blu-ray release.

The same thing happened with Friedkin's Sorcerer once it got a proper presentation and release: suddenly everybody realised what a masterpiece it was, and acted like they had known it all along, which they hadn't (I have a long memory).

I am still hoping that the same thing will happen to One From the Heart but it hasn't yet.
 

padraig (u.s.)

a monkey that will go ape
any movie that begins with a dude pissing is probably going to be pretty good (or terrible, no in-between)

Mexican revolutionary period Westerns are kind of a fascinating sub-genre unto themselves
 

craner

Beast of Burden
any movie that begins with a dude pissing is probably going to be pretty good (or terrible, no in-between)

Mexican revolutionary period Westerns are kind of a fascinating sub-genre unto themselves
In Italy they are called Zapatas, and they are some of the best of the bunch: The Mercenary, Compañeros, Tepepa, the Sollima trilogy.
 

WashYourHands

Well-known member
yeah a ton of cinema - heist films, for example - does that indirectly, but you'd probably call that movie directly a modern Western

McCarthy is primarily a Western author, actually - that, the Border Trilogy, Blood Meridian

actually among other things it may be, Blood Meridian has a solid case as the ultimate revisionist Western

I'd love to see a well-done filmed version of it but it is almost definitely an impossible book to film, let alone well
I could see it done as an animation like Waltz With Bashir, but another part of my brain is still recoiling from James Franco’s aborted attempt. It deserves a big screen adaptation, eg “the great rim of the world”, landscape panoramas, the detailed descriptions of fauna and flora and of course the characters and violence, but it’s how you fit the narrative tone in. Those heavy, biblical majestic lines. Possibly my favourite book, never mind western.

Without access to a hard drive info and excluding my Mum’s John Wayne fetish - High Plains Drifter and The Outlaw Josey Wales are lifetime favourites. Same cast you find in both, a real cornucopia of faces and character actors. Whatever you think of Clint’s politics, these rock. Some of the first video rentals we got as kids, my old man went and got A Fistful of Dollars, A Few Dollars More and TGTBATU. All watched over a wet weekend and <minds blown>. He’s dead now and would be a really good source to tap up for “ah, but have you see this yet?”.

Bad Company with whatshisface Bridges is solid. More innocents trying to make a name for themselves and stumbling into serious trouble. Highly recommended. Nic Roeg‘s Eureka is semi-western, prospectors, magical scenery. Meek’s Cutoff is well worth a watch too. Narrow screen ratio, more of that open plains claustrophobia creeping in and unravelling minds. Never seen The Wild Bunch all the way through.
 

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One of my brothers has watched tons of Westerns. He watched hundreds and hundreds of horror movies and now he's moved on to Westerns. He also has a poncho and a cowboy hat.
 
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